The paintings and works on paper for which Kelly Reemtsen is best known are elaborate depictions of the role of the modern day woman.
Strikingly feminine at first glance, with their bodies adorned in fashionable and colorful designer dresses and runway-worthy accessories, Reemtsen’s women are not simply pinup girls or arm candy. Rather, the women, while dressed to the nines, undertake household, and often, traditionally masculine tasks. The objects they hold, from dishrags to wrenches to chainsaws, range from domestic to menacing, and yet, as a body of work, address the question of the proper and present role of the contemporary woman. Reemtsen’s artistic answer to that is quite simple – anything and everything! Anonymous torsos, the women remain beautiful representations of the feminine with which anyone can identify.
I have been on this subject of woman working with aggressive tools for about 10 years. Last year I felt maybe it is time to move on. But in this current political climate, I now feel it is necessary to continue painting my Army of woman. We are in a back slide in many ways including women’s, safety, health and equal rights. This is my part of the resistance.
Most women I know work really hard. I use the tools to represent hard work. The bigger the job the bigger the tool. I feel You can still look feminine and work hard. All of the models I use are my friends. Although The work is all about them. I keep the women anonymous. I want the female viewer to look at the painting see herself.
For more information about the artist: http://www.kellyreemtsen.com/